Today, California Governor Jerry Brown signed a bill, SB-1221, that banned the hounding of bears and bobcats in the state. Hounders across the country are whining that this is an “assault” on their hunting “heritage” and infringes on their “rights” as “sportsmen.” This is an outstanding first step. California today, the rest of the country tomorrow. The vast majority of citizens across this country despise the brutal act of hounding. While states like Wisconsin keep trying to convince us that it is a “tradition” the majority know better. Hounding is legalized animal fighting perpetrated by a small minority of sadists who get pleasure watching their dogs rip wounded animals to shreds as countless internet videos have shown. Dogs are our companions. Dogs are NOT weapons for lazy sadists who enjoy blowing scared animals out of trees, or watching animals fight to the death.
The wolf kill bill fiasco in Wisconsin has brought far more attention onto hounding than it’s proponents ever thought would happen. This is what happens when you overreach. Hounders think that they are supported by the citizens of this state and country. With the exception of a few rural enclaves, they could not be more wrong. Way to go California!!!!